Gunsmoke: Season 8, Episode 8

The Trappers (3 Nov. 1962)

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A trapper leaves his friend dying alone in order to save his own life, only later to stumble across that friend in Dodge, very much alive and wanting him dead.



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Richard Shannon ...
Chal Johnson ...
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Billy and Tug are partners and friends. Tug is attacked by Indians and Billy leaves him for dead thinking he was. When Tug is found and revived by Doc, Matt has his hands full keeping them apart - one wants to split some money and one wants the other dead. Written by DrDOS

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3 November 1962 (USA)  »

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Tug: Yep, get unloaded and start the fire. I'm gonna go downstream a piece and see if I can wing myself some fresh meat for supper.
Billy: That's a good idea. This antelope from yesterday is getting a little gamey in the heat.
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Had a low outlook but the episode was a great surprise.
27 November 2012 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Before watching this episode, I read the plot which was less than thrilling. Two trappers. Indians and diamonds- they just do not go together in the prairie of Kansas. But after watching I was pleasantly surprised and entertained by this season eight episode.

Tug Marsh and Billy Logan are partners in the fir trapping business. In fact they are returning to Dodge after a good outing catching game. But the trip like not to have happened. A woman in Dodge named Irma Watkins played on the naive trappers where both thought they wanted Irma. This game by Irma like to have broke-up the partnership.

But now everything is going well until Tug is jumped by a Indian near a creek. Billy is able to kill the Indian but Tug is severely wounded. After spend the night hiding from Indian patrols, Tug believes he is dying and asks Billy to cut his throat instead of letting the Indians kill him. However when it looked apparent that Tug's was a goner, Billy did not have the guts to kill Tug. Billy left him there hidden in the bushes thinking Tug only had hours to live. But Tug was found alive a few days later by some teenagers on a buggy ride. Tug was brought back to Dodge and cannot wait till well enough to find Billy.

After getting to Dodge and cashing in about $6000 of firs, Billy goes courting on Irma Watkins. But by now Irma has a new swindling boyfriend named Idaho Slate that likes to peddle glass rocks and sell them for diamonds. Billy believes Irma is going to marry him and buys the glass from Mr Slate for $6000. Only to be told later by Ms Kitty that they are fake.

As Irma and Slate board a stagecoach to get out of town, Billy arrives with a gun in hand. But before he can get his money back, Tug confronts him pointing a gun right right at his chest. As Billy stands with gun to his side awaiting the bullet, Slate knocks Billy in the head.

Later Billy returns to the area where him and Tug always camped. Billy is waiting for Tug to make his appearance. And sure enough it will not be long till Tug comes out of the shadows.

I really enjoyed this show. Perhaps I had low expectations and was surprised by the results or just perhaps it was a great show. The more I see Strother Martin the more impressed I am with his acting ability. A great watch for viewers.

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